March 18th, 2015

Tennis Briefs: Tampa School Charity Tourney; Adaptive Award Nominations

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28th Morning Star Tennis Classic in Tampa to Raise Money for Learning Challenges

morning star school tennis classic logoTampa tennis fans in May can raise money for a great cause while supporting the non-profit Morning Star School for the 28th consecutive year.

The 28th Morning Star School Tennis Classic will be held at the Carrollwood Country Club in Tampa, Fla., on May 15-17, 2015.

“The tennis tournament is geared toward men and women, and open to all types of players,” says tournament supporter Linda Brady. “Proceeds from this tennis fundraiser are used to benefit elementary through junior high-age children with learning disabilities, autism and other related learning challenges.”

Doubles divisions include men’s, women’s and mixed at all NTRP-rating levels.

“If players are playing in two events they must be able to play Friday evening as well as on Saturday and Sunday,” organizers say. “Players not participating in two events may volunteer to play on Friday evening.”

All players must be at least 21 years of age to participate, and players must enter the division of the highest-level player on the doubles team. The entry fee is $55 per player, and $35 for additional division entries. The tournament entry deadline is May 8, and checks must accompany entry forms.

Make checks payable to: Morning Star School Tennis Classic, 210 E. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, Fla., 33612.

For more info or to inquire about sponsorship packages for the event call (813) 935-0232.

USTA Adaptive Tennis Award Nominations Open

plantation-wheelchair-2The Florida Adaptive Tennis community can nominate a program or program leader for the national USTA Adaptive Tennis National Community Service Award, supported by the national USTA Foundation.

Criteria includes the demonstration of continued excellence, dedication, and tennis-related service for individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.

Programs and individuals can also join the USTA’s effort to connect Adaptive Tennis players to programs. It is free to register your Adaptive Tennis program, and you can view the list of USTA registered Adaptive Tennis programs.

To register a program go to

To view a list of current programs go to

Adaptive Tennis award nominations are due by April 17, 2015.

To nominate a program or individual go to